First, the big news is about Sarah Outen, who is hoping to become the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean. She set off a week or so back from Fremantle, Australia with her sights firmly set on reaching Mauritius, and doing so in record time. She also hoped to become the youngest person to ever achieve the crossing as well.
According to her blog however, that quest will be delayed a bit. It seems that the electrical systems on Sarah’s boat went out and she was forced to call for a tow back to land. But fear not, while the boat is being examined, Sarah says she’ll restock her supplies, rest up, and prepare to head back out onto the water as soon as she can. She’s not quite done yet.
Meanwhile, her fellow countryman, British adventurer Olly Hicks, continues his attempt to circumnavigate Antartica by row boat as part of the Virgin Global Row challenge. After a slow start, that included a week of basically standing still, Olly seems to really be in the groove now, and making solid progress as he rows south and east, to drop below New Zealand before heading out across the South Pacific.
Olly continues to update his daily blog as well, with insights into his day to day life aboard the Flying Carrot. In a recent post he laments the build up of barnacles on his beloved boat, saying they only serve to remind him of how slow he is moving, saying that at times he feels like “little better than drift wood with lights and music!” He’s also endured some foggy days of late, which hasn’t brightened his mood much, but he seems focused and intent on just taking things one day at a time, happy to be making positive miles.
If everything continues to go as planned, Olly should reach South Georgia around June, where he’ll take a break from the water, wait out the winter, and then continue on his way. All told, the expedition is expected to take 18 months to complete.
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